BAGED octaves 5-string bass method

A new method for 5-string bass guitar (BEADG tuning - low B) based on linked octaves.
Allows complete fretboard navigation for standard and 3 notes per string scale and arpeggio box shapes.

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BAGED octaves 5-string bass method


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AGEDB octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
A minor scale (3 notes per string) : General

In BLOGoZON No.265 the box shapes for the A minor scale were presented using the AGEDB octaves methodology - this is the CAGED octaves guitar system adapted and improved for 5-string bass.

In this BLOGoZON we look at the A minor scale, again, but with 3nps shapes and join them all together to form one long AGEDB octaves chain.

The diagram that follows shows all seven of the AGEDB octaves shapes for use with
the three notes per string patterns for a 5-string bass tuned to BEADG :-

AGEDB octaves 3nps logo

The conjoined AGEDB octaves sequence is shown for A natural in the diagram that follows:-

AGEDB octaves fingerboard : A natural octaves

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A natural octaves

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the A minor scale notes plotted over the 5-string bass' fretboard in the AGEDA octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

AGEDB octaves fingerboard A minor scale note names

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A minor scale

GuitarPro6 A minor scale

As always a more long term solution to fretboard navigation is to see scales as INTERVAL shapes rather than note names - as these are universal to all scales, arpeggios and chords rather than specific to one particular root note - with this in mind the intervals for the A minor scale are detailed below in the AGEDB octaves manner:-

AGEDB octaves fingerboard A minor scale note intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the A minor scale in the AGEDB octaves style.


AGEDB octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
A minor scale (3 notes per string) box shapes : pdf

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AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 3Am1 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 4Gm1 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 4Em2 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 4Em2Dm box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 5Dm2 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 5Bm3 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 5Bm3Am1 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 3Am1 box shape at 12 pdf


AGEDB octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
A minor scale (3 notes per string) box shapes : YouTube videos

  • 3Am1
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em2
  • 4Em2Dm
  • 5Dm2
  • 5Bm3
  • 5Bm3Am1
  • 3Am1 at 12

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 3Am1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 4Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 4Em2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 4Em2Dm box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 5Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 5Bm3 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 5Bm3Am1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 3Am1 box shape at 12


  • 3Am1
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em2
  • 4Em2Dm
  • 5Dm2
  • 5Bm3
  • 5Bm3Am1
  • 3Am1 at 12

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 3Am1 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 4Gm1 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 4Em2 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 4Em2Dm box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 5Dm2 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 5Bm3 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 5Bm3Am1 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps : 3Am1 box shape at 12



Once the individual box shapes have been assimilated all seven shapes should be linked together and played in one continuous exercise (with the first shape - 3Am1 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the AGEDA octaves chain-linked sequence for the A minor scale 3nps box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps box shapes

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AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps box shapes pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps box shapes TAB pdfAGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps box shapes TAB pdf

AGEDB octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
A minor scale : Overall fretboard box shapes

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps box shapes : fretboard notes

AGEDB octaves A minor scale 3nps box shapes : fretboard intervals


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